26 Friends is a reference to the letters of the english alphabet. letters (and the words they make) are my main tools of trade.
26 Friends aims to inform, uplift, entertain and occasionally challenge readers.

Rare books

The Book Barn just north of Berrima in the New South Wales Southern Highlands attracts bibliophiles from far and wide. It is one of the best bookshops you will find. The business is owned by the Berkelouw family. The Berkelouws are among Australia's leading antiquarian book dealers.

During the early 1990s, I had the privilege of meeting Leo Berkelouw, a fifth-generation bookseller, who at the time headed the family business. You can read about Leo's story here.

  • This story was published in the June 1993 edition of Australian Country Style magazine

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